It’s Pi(e) Day! Celebrate with sweet, savory recipes

When 18th-century mathematics teacher William Jones applied Greek letter Pi as the symbol for 3.14, he never could have foreseen it symbolizing a day to celebrate baking. Pi is the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter — approximately equal to 3.14159, or 3.14 for short. Being an irrational number, its decimal neither ends nor settles into a repeating pattern. You know the old joke: Don't talk to Pi — he'll go on forever. Because the mathematical value of Pi begins 3.14, March 14 is considered International Pi Day. From there, it's a natural leap to its homophone "pie," making March 14 a day celebrated by mathematicians and pie lovers alike. What’s America’s Favorite Pie? Martha Stewart Living partnered with in 2015 for a survey of pastry fans across the country to discover the favorite pie of every state. The answer couldn’t be more all-American: apple. It was the top answer in 25 of the 50 states.In Tennessee, apple and cherry pie tied for No. 1. Apple was the top choice in Georgia, but chocolate cream pie was the winner in Alabama.— Martha Stewart Living An impromptu poll of Facebook users asking their favorite pies received answers all over the map. But a common thread among them was memories with which those pies were associated. "My mother's Chocolate Silk Pie and her Boston Cream Pie. The best ever," Judy King Williams declared. "Lemon Meringue Pie is always my fave," said Kelley Nave. "It's the only pie my grandmother ever made. She used the recipe from the condensed milk can. I don't know where she got her meringue recipe, but I use the one from 'The Joy of Cooking.' And she made her crust from scratch just using butter and crushed graham crackers." Joy Jorges Dobosh said a Date Nut Pie recipe was the perfect date-night dessert while dating the guy she would eventually marry. "I made it for my future husband one evening, and he loved it. I don't know if the pie was the reason he proposed, but I Continue Reading

3 great spots to eat near Yosemite

Short Stop Sandwiches makes fresh, super-stacked sandwiches from a small shack located across from the Mariposa Museum & History Center in Mariposa (Jessica Yadegaran/Bay Area News Group). The Short Stop, loaded with roast beef, salami and freshly carved turkey, is one of 20 specialty sandwiches at Short Stop Sandwiches in Mariposa (Jessica Yadegaran/Bay Area News Group). Sweetwater Grocery & Deli offers a small menu of comfort food items, including, The Mariposan Sandwich (left) and Korean BBQ Chicken Tacos. (Jessica Yadegaran/Bay Area News Group). Sweetwater Grocery & Deli offers street tacos and burgers in addition to a cold case with salads and other grab-and-go items (Jessica Yadegaran/Bay Area News Group). Jantz Bakery & Cafe in Mariposa specializes in baked treats, including, clockwise, brownies, chocolate chip cookies and massive cinnamon rolls (Jessica Yadegaran/Bay Area News Group). Show Caption of Expand By Jessica Yadegaran | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group January 28, 2018 at 8:30 am The tiny Gold Rush town of Mariposa makes a perfect stop on your way into or out of Yosemite National Park. Wondering where to grab a bite? There are several casual eateries offering an array of salads, sandwiches and baked goodies. Here’s a sampling to add to your nosh list. Sweetwater Grocery & Deli Locals have been calling this upscale grocery and deli a foodie sanctuary since it opened last year. In addition to a comfort-food menu that includes avocado toast ($4), breakfast burritos ($5) and super-stacked sandwiches, you can get hefty burgers and wild-caught Alaskan cod street tacos ($8-$15). Before you head into the National Park, explore the cold case and refrigerator, where you’ll find everything from grab-and-go salads (the housemade potato salad is really good) to craft beer and kombucha. Got some time? Linger on the elevated wooden deck for happy hour (3-5 p.m. daily), where you Continue Reading

Father’s Day dining options

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Best Recipes of 2015

APPETIZERSThis recipe for goat cheese guacamole is one of eight guacamole recipes that Gaby Dalton, author of “Absolutely Avocados,” includes in her book.Goat Cheese Guacamole Makes 4 servings 3 Hass avocados 1/3 cup crumbled goat cheese ¼ cup freshly chopped chives ¼ cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes in oil 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste Tortilla chips for servingCut each avocado in half lengthwise. Remove pit and discard. Remove the avocado from the skin and place flesh in a bowl. Add cheese, chives, tomatoes, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Mash with a fork until half smooth and creamy. Taste and add more salt and pepper if desired. Serve immediately with tortilla chips.—————When mac and cheese gets mini, magic happens. This recipe from Taste of Home will have both kids and adults clamoring for more.Mini Mac & Cheese BitesRecipe tested by Alysha Witwitcki Makes 3 dozen 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs (divided) 2 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons flour ½ teaspoon onion powder ½ teaspoon garlic powder ½ teaspoon seasoned salt 1 ¾ cups 2% milk 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese (divided) 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese ¾ cup biscuit baking mix 2 eggs, lightly beatenPreheat oven to 425 degrees.Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain.Meanwhile, sprinkle ¼ cup bread crumbs into 36 greased mini-muffin cups. In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour and seasonings until smooth; gradually whisk in milk. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir 1 to 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in 1 cup cheddar cheese and Swiss cheese until melted.Remove from heat; stir in biscuit mix, eggs and ½ cup breadcrumbs. Add macaroni; toss to coat. Spoon about 2 tablespoons macaroni mixture into prepared mini-muffin cups; Continue Reading